January 23, 2015
Volume 21 Issue 2
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Issue of The Seed Piece:
The Depths of Winter. Statistically,
year-in, year-out, this week is known to be Winter’s coldest.
Here in Maine, last week
was actually colder than we experienced this
week, with a couple of mornings in the
-20ºF to -25ºF range (that would
be still air temperature and not wind chill).
It turns out last week Jim
missed that cold because he was in New Orleans for the Winter
Conference of the Direct Gardening Assn (DGA). That Monday,
right before he was headed out the door to drive 300 miles south to the
airport in Portland, he was called by
Richie Allen in Manchester,
England, who wanted to record an interview for Radio Free
Europe. The day was the eve of the
in the European Parliament to permit individual countries to allow
farmers to plant GE crops.
What advice Jim had to offer –
learn from the mistakes we have made in America and steer clear of
genetically engineered (GE) crops – was sadly not followed by a
majority of the Parliament members. You can hear what Jim had
to say about why avoid GE crops, and why serving the people is good
business, in the next article below.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
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| The Richie Allen
Show Interview with Jim Gerritsen.
Wood Prairie Farm’s Jim Gerritsen recently
spoke (23:53) with Talk Radio Europe host Richie Allen in Manchester,
England. Jim is a founding member of Organic
Seed Growers and Trade Assn (OSGATA) and he now
serves as President.
OSGATA is the national
membership trade organization concerned with developing, protecting and
promoting organic seed. OSGATA served as lead plaintiff in
the landmark federal lawsuit OSGATA
et al v. Monsanto in which family farmers sought
both court protection from Monsanto abuse and the opportunity to
legally challenge the validity of transgenic seed patents issued to
Monsanto by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
In the interview, Jim talks
about the threat from GE crops and the vote in the European Parliament
which for the first time will allow - on a country-by-country basis -
farmers to plant genetically-engineered crops. In no
uncertain terms, Jim
warns that Europe should not follow the dangerous
and reckless path towards GE agriculture that the U.S. has
Jim & Megan
Here for Wood Prairie Farm’s Maine Certified Organic Seed Potatoes.
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| Winning the Great
has published this powerful
must read article entitled How
the Great Food War Will Be Won.
In the article, Biotech’s bogus
‘feeding-the-starving-masses’ focus-group-generated propaganda campaign
is exposed and dismantled for the fraud it is.
One should begin with the primal lesson about
absolutely nothing Monsanto says. With that
truth firmly established in mind, you may properly assimilate the
content of this article. It explains the reality behind the
Biotech self-congratulatory schtick of serving the oppressed of the
Carefully and relentlessly
deploying the baseless feeding-the-masses orchestration, Monsanto has
concocted the one
sophisticated talking point which - if believed by
well-intentioned, compassionate Americans – trumps our legitimate
rejection of GE crops.
"It is their
Golden Fact and their universal calling card. And as far as neutrals
are concerned it wins the food system debate hands down, because it
says, if any other farming system cannot feed the world, it is
irrelevant. Only agribusiness can do that. Yet this strategy has a
disastrous foundational weakness. There is no global or regional
shortage of food. There never has been and nor is there ever likely to
If you get to just one thing
today, please do read
and share this important expose’ widely.
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Wood Prairie farm Certified Organic Vegetable Seed.
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Václav Havel on Solutions.
Chocolate and Pumpkin Swirl Cake.
by Angela Wotton
Chocolate and Pumpkin Swirl Cake.
1 3/4 c whole wheat
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea
2 large eggs
1 c granulated sugar
1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
1/2 c buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c roasted or canned pumpkin
3 oz dark chocolate, melted
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, spices, baking powder, baking
soda, and salt.
In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and sugar. Add butter, buttermilk,
and vanilla. Whisk until combined. Fold in pumpkin. Add wet ingredients
to dry all at once, whisk just until no lumps remain.
Divide batter in half. Add melted chocolate and cocoa powder to half
the batter; stir to combine. Alternately add batters to pan. Using a
knife, swirl through batter. Bake 50-60 minutes until cake has risen
and crackled. Let cool 20 minutes.
Our Mailbox: Time
to Plant and A Right to Grow.
Time to Plant.
I live in New York and I am planning to
plant poatoes in my garden next spring. When should I place the order?
Do you have a shipping schedule for seed potatoes depending which area
they go to? Our last frost date is May 10th.
New York, NY
I suggest you order now while selection
is the greatest - we will be selling out. We are happy to store your
order here and ship to you when desired. We ship most orders to NY
state at the end of March, but we are able to ship later (or earlier)
should you so desire.
Since potatoes normally take 2-3 weeks
to emerge out of the soil and are tough and hardy down to a freeze of
28-29ºF, one may plant as early as 10-14 days before the last expected
Spring freeze (colder than a frost). Another way to time potato
planting is plant them two weeks after peas are planted.
On Wood Prairie Farm we pay close
attention to soil temperature. We like to plant our green-sprouted seed
tubers when the soil temperature at a four-inch-depth (@7-8am) reaches
50ºF. Wound healing of the cut seed tuber surface will not occur at
soil temperatures below 45ºF, so planting in soil that is too cold is
very risky, especially in a wet spring.
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you likely know, here is our website: www.woodprairie.com.
A Right to Grow.
Ready" Corn Aims to Prevent GMO Contamination. Do
this for all GE Crops! There is hope!
Frank Kutka's work is very important
and will be especially valuable for corn growing in the Upper Plains.
However, it does not represent the entire answer. Many farmers -
ourselves included - in a vast number of regions are growing seed corn
well-adapted to our own areas. Many of these varieties are valuable
heirlooms. All represent tremendous genetic diversity. What we need -
what the world needs - is for Biotech to be held accountable and to be
restrained and prevented from their practice of contamination of
neighboring crops. We have a right to grow our varieties on our farms
free from transgenic contamination.
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& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm